Bitterroot Gives helps local nonprofits

MICHELLE MCCONNAHA - Ravalli Republic

Seventeen local nonprofits are participating in Bitterroot Gives, formerly called Montana Gives, 24-hours of giving locally online, from 5 p.m., on Thursday, May 3, to 10 a.m., on Friday, May 4.

The Bitterroot Nonprofit Partnership collaborated with the Missoula Gives group this year to create Bitterroot Gives. The Missoula Community Foundation is working with the Bitterroot communities this year to provide training and host the website.

Val Widmer, executive director at Emma’s House (the children’s advocacy center), said Bitterroot Gives is “an opportunity to support the incredible work of nonprofits in our community.”

“In addition to the economic activity encouraged by nonprofits and the dollars that our nonprofits save government agencies through efficient service delivery, nonprofits are a great source of employment in Montana,” Widmer said.

Emma’s House hired three new staff members this year allowing the non-profit to increase programming to children and their caregivers. Emma’s House provided care to more than 125 children and families in 2017.

“Our impact, because of this community’s awareness and involvement, is immeasurable,” Widmer said. “Families are resilient and their potential for healing and strength is promising with the right supports in place. Donating to Bitterroot Gives supports the incredible work of our local nonprofit sector and helps Emma’s House give a voice to our most vulnerable voices… our children.”

Emma’s House has a $2,500 match from TrailWest Bank again this year and will be trying to raise $5,000.

Joni Lubke, development director at Emma’s House, said they appreciate the financial contributions.

“Bitterroot Gives is a day to celebrate the awesome work of the Bitterroot’s nonprofits and benefit from the power of many,” she said. “We appreciate the community’s support to reach our goal of raising $5,000. Your support will keep Emma’s House sustainable for years to come as we continue to offer free services to kids that have experienced the trauma of abuse or neglect.”

Participating Bitterroot Community Organizations include: Bitter Root Cultural Heritage Trust, Bitter Root Humane Association, Bitter Root Land Trust, Bitter Root Water Forum, Bitterroot Baroque, CASA, Bitterroot Celtic Society, Bitterroot River Protection Association, Circle 13 Skatepark, Corvallis Schools Foundation, Emma’s House, Fox Hollow Animal Project, Hamilton Players, Inc., Hamilton Rotary Club, 4-H, Ravalli County Museum, Ravalli County Recycling, Emma’s House, Ravalli Head Start, Inc., Teller Wildlife Refuge, Jean Matthews Tuesday at Twelve and Bitterrooters for Planning.

Anyone can donate and all donations are tax-deductible and a receipt will be sent to each donor.

Find all of the Bitterroot’s nonprofits at: www.bitterrootgives.org.

Joni Lubke